Other Names for this Disease
- Angiokeratoma, diffuse
- Anderson-Fabry disease
- Hereditary dystopic lipidosis
- Alpha-galactosidase A deficiency
- GLA deficiency
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Fabry disease is inherited in an X-linked pattern, which means that the gene that causes the condition is located on the X chromosome. In males (who have only one X chromosome), one mutated copy of the gene is enough to cause symptoms of the condition. Because females have two copies of the X chromosome, one mutated copy of the gene in each cell usually leads to less severe symptoms in females than in males, or may cause no symptoms at all. 
Last updated: 7/28/2011
- Fabry disease. Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site. March 2007; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=fabrydisease. Accessed 4/14/2009.